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. and the super hurricane sandy had really very little impact. now, i just want to show you, you can see the consumer is not dead. in fact, let me try this one. you're up here at about 4.5%. this is six months smooth basis. look at this move from june to november, consumers are far from dead. it's not fabulous. i'd like to see five or six growth. but it ain't bad. now, the second one we're going to look at is jobless claims. weekly unemployment claims fell almost 30,000 for the week. nowing again, hurricane sandy did play a bit of a role, but only temporary. you can see in mid november -- there's hurricane sandy at about 450,000. you can also see that it is now falling all the way down to about 340,000. these are weekly jobless claims that are pretty good indicators of what the next employment report is going to look like. so i'm just saying retail sales, jobless claims, pretty darn good, the economy is not collapsing. now, we're going to wait for a business investment, which comes in in a couple weeks. that's been falling badly. and then we're going to see about housing, which has been
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